Overview of The International Bowhunter Education Program
(IBEP) in North America
The International Bowhunter Education Program was first
advocated by Bill Wadsworth who utilized experience from
his association with the Boy Scouts of America to obtain
worldwide acceptance of the curriculum. It was through his
dedication that the National Bowhunter Education Foundation
(NBEF) was formed. Wadsworth served as the first executive
director of the organization.
Today, the NBEF administers the International Bowhunter
Education Program (IBEP) in cooperation with state and provincial
hunter education programs and state bowhunter organizations.
Most instructors work on a volunteer basis.
The IBEP is used in all states and Canadian provinces and
follows the standards of the International Hunter Education
Association, a professional organization of hunter education
administrators from throughout North America. While basic
hunter education courses include archery and bowhunting,
the IBEP provides more in-depth skill information to help
you become a more effective and responsible bowhunter.
Hunter education is currently required in all 50 states,
10 Canadian provinces, three Northwest Territories, and Mexico.
A separate bowhunter education course is required in many
of the states and provinces to comply with the bowhunting laws
and regulations in those jurisdictions (see below).
How Bowhunter Education Is Funded
Funding for bowhunter education comes from a variety of
sources. The U.S. government charges excise taxes on sporting
arms, ammunition, handguns, and archery equipment. These
fees collected from the firearm and archery manufacturers
then are distributed to the states (similar practices exist
in Canada and Mexico). States and provinces also collect
their own fees through such sources as hunting license sales,
conservation stamps, fines, and arrests.
Funding also comes through organizations such as: National
Bowhunter Education Foundation, International Bowhunting
Organization, Pope and Young Club, Safari Club International,
and The Bowhunting Preservation Alliance. These organizations
raise money through membership fees and donations from fundraising
efforts. Money also comes from corporations and private donations.
Many times this is utilized to fund special training aids
or to help specific programs within bowhunter education.
And, of course, some funds come directly from students who
attend bowhunter education classes.
The IBEP is offered in all 50 states, all Canadian
provinces, and 13 additional foreign countries. The
shaded areas above indicate the states and provinces
where you are legally required to take an IBEP course prior to obtaining a bowhunting license. Always check
local laws as regulations may change or special regulations
may exist in some areas.
The states and provinces
requiring an IBEP course are:
- New Brunswick
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Nova Scotia
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
Bowhunter education is also offered
in these countries:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom